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Cozy Up With A Good Book and Reading Nook

When the weather turns crisp in the fall, I can’t help but be drawn in by the magic of books. I love to get cozy beneath a blanket, a mug of something delicious by my side, and a new book in my lap. So today, let’s get inspired by super-cozy book nooks, plus I will share a few of my top picks for home and garden books to read this fall.


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The first essential to a great book nook is a really comfortable chair. I love a classic wingback chair (like the one shown here) for its enveloping feel. Just add a thick, cozy blanket and a rustic stool to set your mug, and you’ll never want to leave!


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In the fall and winter months, being surrounded by rich, highly saturated colors feels just right. If you are lucky enough to have an entire room to devote to a home library or study, why not paint it a deep shade of blue? A leather armchair and live-edge wooden table add warmth to the serene deep-sea color of the walls, while a vintage portrait, nubby wool rug, and sconce lighting add character.


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And what to read while you are sitting in your cozy nook? If home design inspiration is what you are after, may I suggest textile designer Rebecca Atwood’s new book Living with Pattern? It is filled from cover to cover with visual inspiration and helpful tips for design lovers of all experience levels. For those who love to entertain friends at home, Holly Becker’s latest book, Decorate for a Party is packed with creative, heartfelt ideas for making any gathering feel special. And if the outdoors beckons? On my own wish list is Gardenista, the much-anticipated book by the editors at the sister-site of beloved design resource Remodelista.

Of course you can’t have a proper reading nook without a cozy rug underfoot! Try something in a warm, rich color palette like any of the picks shown above, and you really can’t go wrong. Happy reading, and happy fall!

Rug Shopping Guide (clockwise from top left): Karastan Panal Kirman rug in red; Jaipur Rugs Bedouin Amman rug in red; Surya Alfresco rug in black and camel; Rugs Direct Gallery Istanbul Yama Kilim in brown.

For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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Clean White Bedrooms

Francois Halard for Vogue
François Halard for Vogue

When you really get down to brass tacks there are a lot of positives to an all white space, particularly when it’s your bedroom. Lots of light, a nice airy feel, and a relaxing ambiance just to name a few. If you’re renting your home chances are you’re already stuck with a blank canvas, so take advantage of it!

Prue Ruscoe for Inside Out
Prue Ruscoe for Inside Out

Not only is white a great backdrop for all of your things (yes, STUFF is okay!), it’s also a fantastic gender neutral option that can result in a surprisingly dramatic vibe. Go all out with white everything or choose to accessorize with your favorite pops of color on the walls, floors, wherever you want to break up the colorless sea.

Elissa Crowe via Apt Therapy
Elissa Crowe via Apartment Therapy

Bring in various textures like quilts and rugs to roughen things up and add some visual appeal. Even if you opt to go with all white it’s important to make your bedroom cozy and appealing, and this is just the way to do it. Textiles will make your room feel less like a hospital room and more like home.

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White walls give any room a sophisticated art gallery feel. Add a piece statement art or create a gallery wall to take your bedroom to the next level and add more interest, a place for eyes to naturally land in the space. Your room will feel anything but boring as a result.

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For more inspiration from Kelly, follow along with her at Design Crush!

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Gold in the Kitchen

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When you think of metallics in the kitchen you probably gravitate towards stainless steel or brushed nickel, maybe a little copper or bronze if you’re getting creative. But what about gold? While the warm yellow metal is a favorite in nearly every other aspect of life, it seems to get overlooked when it comes to this particular room.

You can use as much or as little as you’d like, but there are plenty of ways to bring this warm material into play. I love the way the floating gold shelves above look against that clean white wall, and they’re definitely unexpected.

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At the more extreme end of the spectrum lies these stunning gold upper cabinets. I mean, wow. The key here is how underplayed the rest of the materials are – a few shades of wood, a simple marble countertop, and black sink fixtures allow the those cabinets to really be the star of the space.

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On the list of easy-to-install gold touches are fixtures and pulls. Of course put anything against white and it’s sure to pop like no other, but these chunky pulls have such a nice weight to them that their presence definitely doesn’t go unnoticed. The sink fixtures lend an elegant, polished look to this kitchen.

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If you’d like to go a more traditional route consider a gold light fixture. Pairing a few together feels more unexpected, and a modern shape can add another level of interest.

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For more inspiration from Kelly, follow along with her at Design Crush!

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Breakfast Nooks for Happy Mornings

Having a good breakfast is such an important part of starting the day, and yet it’s so common to skip it altogether. Even if you simply sit down for a few moments to sip your coffee in peace and enjoy a quick bowl of oats or chia pudding, it can really set your day off on the right foot. Why not entice yourself to make the time with a welcoming breakfast nook?

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If you have the space in your kitchen, a round table is a good choice, since it’s easy to maneuver around. Comfy chairs are a must, so I recommend splurging on a set you love (I adore the wishbone chairs shown here) and save on the table (Ikea has great basics). Always seek out the light, and position your breakfast table near a window when possible. Getting some morning sun while sipping coffee is the best!

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Super tight on space? Seek out a drop-leaf table like the one shown above – it can be pulled out to seat more when friends drop by, and tucks neatly against the wall the rest of the time.

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My Domaine

If you have the room and budget set aside, my favorite breakfast nook solution is a custom banquette, like the swooping version shown here. A banquette is great because tons of people can slide in, and if you get it covered in a stain-resistant fabric, it’s kid-friendly as well.

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The Everygirl

And of course, what good is a breakfast nook without a scrumptious breakfast? Even if you only have time for toast, you can make it extra-special by tracking down the best local bakery for bread or croissants, and treat yourself to a jar of seasonal jam.

For a quick breakfast nook refresh, get comfy with some new pillows. Here are my current favs:

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Shopping Guide (Clockwise from top left): Surya Charming Key indoor-outdoor pillow in teal and ivory; Surya Arrow Southwest Pillow; Kate Spade New York Embroidered Dot pillow in navy and ivory; Surya Candice Olson Maze pillow in teal, taupe, and brown.

For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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